David G. Whitten


Phone: 505-277-5736

Physical Address

Room 2041B
Centennial Engineering Center

Photo: true

Distinguished Professor

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Associate Director

Center for Biomedical Engineering

Personal Website


Ph.D., 1963, Johns Hopkins University, Organic Chemistry

M.A., 1961, Johns Hopkins University, Organic Chemistry

A.B., 1959, Johns Hopkins University, Chemistry


David G. Whitten, Ph.D. was born in Washington, DC and studied at the Johns Hopkins University, earning a Ph.D. degree in 1963. After 2 years as an Army officer and a postdoctoral at Caltech, he joined the University of North Carolina in 1966 and rose to become Smith Professor. He joined the University of Rochester in 1983 as C. E. Kenneth Mees Professor of Chemistry. In 1997 he moved to Los Alamos and studied conjugated polyelectrolytes and their potential as fluorescent sensors. In 2000 he co-founded QTL Biosystems, a company developing biosensing technology for drug discovery and defense. He moved to the University of New Mexico in 2005 where he is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering. In addition to his research interests in soft condensed matter, biology and self-assembly, he is Editor-in-Chief of the American Chemical Society journal Langmuir since 1998.

Research Interests

  • Spectroscopy, molecular assemblies, diagnostics, interfaces, conjugated polymers and antimicrobials.